Theatre has taught me to live: Lokendra Pratap Singh

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Oct 2018 11:30:27

 


 

By Pallavi Singh,


“I feel standing ovation and clapping does not mean that you have done justice with the play and you have communicated the right text. Although this is considered to be the parameter of success of play but audience will only understand what we will make them understand and doing justice with the play is the responsibility of an actor.”
-Lokendra Pratap Singh

 

At the age of 28 years Lokendra Pratap Singh has made quite a name for himself not only just in acting but also in backstage work. Working for more than eight years, Lokendra has been the jack of many trades and has been doing acting as well as backstage work with equal proficiency from a young age. Having worked with one of the finest names in theatre this young theatre artist feels that theatre has made a great difference in his life.


Telling about his start in theatre he said, “I came to Bhopal at the age of 10 for schooling. I started doing theatre in 2010 at the age of 20 years. I always wanted to be an actor and to come on TV. I came to know that Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapoor, who were and always have been my favourites are from theatre. Luckily through a person I met senior theatre artist Gopal Dubey and started doing theatre with him. I worked for four years with him. After that I joined another group. I met really good people like Gopal Dubey and Tanaji Rao and their support made me stand where I am today.”


He has worked with directors like Tariq Daad, K G Trivedi, Priti Jha Tiwari, Devendra Raj Ankur, K K Rajan, Chandrahas Tiwari and many other names. He has worked backstage with Bishna Chauhan, Chandra Madhav Barik, Anoop Joshi Bunty, Seema Morey, Vibha Srivastava, Rajiv Verma, Prashant Khilwalkar. “As far as my life is concerned it is different from other actors as I did not face actors. When I joined theatre I did the play ‘Babuji’ and I was the narrator and the central character’s younger son. It was my first play. Generally when people join theatre they do not get main roles, do backstage things but I did not face any of that. Later on I started doing backstage and other works with my own choice. Joining repertory gives you advantage that you get a fixed payment and also I could work freelance,” said Lokendra.


Lokendra has worked in plays like ‘Amjad, Major aur Mai’ with Gopal Dubey, Inna ki Aawaz with Skand Mishra, ‘Manju Laouncement’ with Kuldeep Kunal from Delhi, ‘Phandi with Santosh Panikkar, ‘Madhvi’ and ‘Aashadh ka Ek Din’ with Tanaji Rao and various other plays. He has worked in as many as 50 plays as an actor and as a backstage artist. He has also worked in the series ‘Lootere’ of Epic channel.


When asked about his favorite role he said, “Every play I did is memorable for me because I have done every play with equal focus and dedication. I still feel that the best is yet to come. For me those are just characters. I played them and came back. So I felt good after playing every character. I feel standing ovation and clapping does not mean that you have done justice with the play and you have communicated the right text.


Although this is considered to be the parameter of success of play but audience will only understand what we will make them understand and doing justice with the play is the responsibility of an actor, “he added.


Talking further about theatre and the issue of payment he said, “Whatever I have learnt, I have learnt from theater. Confidence, personality, writing, marketing and much more has been taught by theatre. Theatre has taught me to live. As far as payment is considered there is irregularity in payment but it does not mean there is no money in theatre. Discussing money matters before taking up any project is important. You can maintain a decent lifestyle.”


On asking what about his advice to young and amateur artists he said, “In theatre patience is required. Whomsoever you decide as a guru you have to be patient and you should work with the guru for at least 3 to 4 years. Then when you face the crowd and are confident. Theatre requires being sharp and intelligent. New comers do not understand the segregation between cinema and theatre and they try to mix both the mediums. Cinema is fast where results are expected very early, TV is mechanical but theatre gives you experience and you get time to learn.”